Syrian Conflict Spurs Sectarian Violence

Monday, June 10, 2013

A protester in the flahspoint central Syrian city of Homs throws a tear gas bomb back towards security forces, on December 27, 2011. Syrian police used tear gas to disperse some 70,000 people in Homs. (-/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

The civil war in Syria is increasingly becoming a sectarian conflict involving Sunnis and Shiites, particularly with the recent involvement of Hezbollah. But it didn't start out that way. 

Journalist and civil rights lawyer Alia Malek is the author of "A Country Called Amreeka: U.S. History Retold Through Arab-American Lives." In a recent op-ed for our partner The New York Times, Malek argues that sectarian strife is in the interest of many players involved in the conflict, including Bashar al-Assad.


Alia Malek

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Arwa Gunja

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